News Archive

Come and try ‘Shinty’

Edinburgh shinty A4 flyer – June 2017

We are Camanachd Dhùn-Èideann youth shinty club, affiliated to the Camanachd Association, offering fun,
high-quality training, and access to competitive shinty.
Our teens can go on to play for local men’s & women’s clubs.
Cost including equipment & all benefits is just £5 per month.
Contact us: / 07729 307487 /


Annual Charity Fun Run/Walk

Thank you so much for supporting us in our 8th Annual Fun Run. We raised £550.00 for Comic Relief the school charity this year. I think it was a great success which is in a huge way down to your participation. We were lucky with the weather and it was so nice to have so many kids around for the start and finish of both runs.

The Elite results are as follows

Men’s 10 Mile
1st – James Harrison – 1hr and 4 mins
2nd – Dugald Robertson – 1 hr 14 mins
3rd – Adrian White – 1 hr 16 mins

Ladies 10 Mile

1st – Karen Robertson 1 hr 28 mins
2nd – Fi Blair – 1 hr 40 mins
3rd – Hannah Murray – 1 hr 42 mins

8 miles
Winner – Jude Gibson, Heather Sibley and Beth Gall all crossed the line together in 1 hr 19mins

6 miles
Winner –Carrie Reid – 59 mins

The Trophies for the 10 mile race have been presented at Assembly.

Gail and I are retiring from organising the school run, so if anyone would like to take it on, please let us know. There is a very helpful file of what to do when and it is a great thing to be involved with.

Thanks Again!!


Tracy and Gail

FULL RESULTS  Copy of fun run results 2017


Kings Camps Tasters

Today Joe and Callum from Kings Camps came to give us a taster of their holiday sports camps. P5 – P7 had great fun playing a range of games.

Tuesday 18th April 2017


World Book Day 2017

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Phase 2 of the rollout of a 20miles per hour (mph) speed limit went live on 28 February 2017. The second phase is the largest construction phase in the scheme stretching from Granton to Portobello, Duddingston to Morningside, Gorgie to Murrayfield.

You can find out if your street is changing to 20mph by checking our interactive map.

The introduction of the new 20mph limit relies on signage and road markings alone. Existing speed humps or other traffic calming will remain unchanged. Larger 20mph signs will mark the entrance and exit of a 20mph area where the speed limit changes. These signs will be supplemented by smaller repeater signs or road markings with speed limit roundels.
While many cities in the UK, Europe and beyond have already brought in 20mph (or 30km), Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland to roll out 20mph limits in this way, with many other areas, including East Lothian, keen to bring in slower speeds.
Slower speeds bring many benefits to places and people. They help to reduce the risk and severity of collisions, encourage people to walk and cycle and spend more time in an area. The project extends 20mph speed limits to approximately 80% of Edinburgh’s streets, while retaining a network of roads at 30mph and 40mph on key arterial routes.

Further information is also available on the Council’s website at and on our Facebook page at


Mrs Darroch’s Retirement

lindaMany thanks to all the families who contributed to my retirement gift. I was absolutely overwhelmed to receive a £240 voucher for Dobbies Garden Centre. I will spend it on something beautiful for my garden which will always remind me of the time I spent at Bonaly.
Thank you to everyone who sent cards and wrote in my memory book. This means so much to me.
My last day was one of great fun and I feel very fortunate to have been part of such a wonderful school.


Results for our Annual Burns Competition.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the pupils with their learning. The standard was extremely high again and we had a very difficult job in picking winners. Thanks also to all our judges.

All winners will perform at our Scottish Assembly on Wednesday(1st Feb) afternoon. Their parents have been invited to attend. The nursery and the choir will also be participating in this assembly.

We also wish the ten pupils who have chosen to go through to the regional final on 4th February the best of luck.

Singing Primary 6/7

Eve  ~ Ye Banks and Braes winner
Alice  ~ Bonnie Wee Thing runner up

Poetry Primary 6/7

Kaj  ~ The Ballad of Janitor Mackay winner
Daniel  ~ To a Mouse runner up

Primary 4/5

Anna ~ The Puddock winner
Rosie ~ Lament for a Lost Dinner Ticket runner up

Joseph Amkan Cup

Thomas P6A ~ The Ballad of Janitor Mackay winner
Jamie P6A ~ To a Louse runner up


Primary 6/7 Riana P6B ~  Afton Water piano winner
Freya P6A~ Ye Banks and Braes violin joint runner up
Emma  P7B ~ Auld Lang Syne trombone joint runner up

Kind regards
Linda Darroch


Extreme Weather Assembly

Friday 13th January 2017

We were delighted to welcome Pat Boyle from the Met Office who talked to children at assembly about how different extreme weather that the UK experiences. Pat has advised the UK and Scottish Governments at times of extreme weather.

We are having a particular focus on the World of Work and Pat also talked about what interested her when she was at school and how that influenced her future study and career choices.

In February, I am delighted to let you know that the children will hear at assembly from Sir Tom Farmer.

Both of these speakers have been arranged through parental contacts – thank you !


Christmas Fair


A fantastic grand total of £3,100 was raised from our recent Christmas Fair. Many ‘Thanks’ to all those who contributed to making it such a success.


Positive Pathways New Training Programme

Please find below details of a free training programme for family carers of children with Autism




eNews – November 2016




parentpay-logo-800You will soon be able to pay online costs such as dinner money and school trips.

ParentPay is a secure website that lets you use your credit or debit card to pay our school. It will be our preferred method of receiving school and early years payments.

For further details please see


Flu Vaccinations 2016

Please see the link to information about the flu vaccinations taking place on the 5th December for Primary age children at Bonaly. The leaflet has the heading “Childhood flu immunisation children aged 2-5 and not yet in primary school leaflets (Scotland)”. It does however gives relevant information for all age groups regarding the vaccinations. This NHS produced document is available in many languages.


Roald Dahl Day

roald_dahl15-2A total of £320.80 was raised this week from our Roald Dahl Day. This has been sent to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.



16th September 2016


Fundraising and Events

Thank you to the Fundraising Committee for all their work and effort throughout the year in organising the numerous fundraising events.

An amazing grand total of £14,190 was raised this year.

Thank you also to all the parents, carers, friends and families, pupils and staff who contributed in any way to this fantastic fundraising effort.


Bonaly Fun Run/Walk

Thank you to everyone who took part and kindly helped make this year’s ‘fun’ run a great success. We had over 50 participants ( the highest number since its inception) and raised an amazing £787. The prestigious ‘golden booties’ will be given out at assembly for the winners to keep until next year. As well as the fun and good humour, the bagpipes, home baking and chat at the end were amazing.  Some walkers even managed to ‘bag’ Allermuir on their walk. Next year we will be looking at trying to get 100 participants taking part ( and hopefully the children’s fun run too as many parents/children have requested it ).
Until then……happy training!
Gail and Tracy


Summer Sports Camps

THE CITY OF EDINBURGH SPORTS DEVELOPMENT TEAM welcome players of all standards to come along and have FUN at our Multi-Sports Summer Holiday Programme.

multi-sports camp 2016 poster. SUMMER

multi-sports camp 2016 flyer – SUMMER





Bonaly Primary School Streets UPDATE

Bonaly Primary School and community have been keen to improve the safety around the school. They therefore were invited to take part in the safe streets pilot. A consultation organised by the parent council, with over 200 participants resulted in two-thirds voting against the proposed scheme.

Following a joint meeting between the parent council, school and officers from the council’s road safety section an amended school streets scheme was suggested. It transpired that this was not possible within the timescales. Bonaly Primary School is therefore not part of the current School Streets pilot.

All parties are committed to ensuring that road safety continues to be addressed.

The school will develop a school travel plan which will identify problems and look at actions the school and council road safety section can take to reduce traffic and improve safety within the Bonaly area.

Yours faithfully,
Mark Symonds, Road Safety Officer, City of Edinburgh Council
Peter Gorrie, Headteacher Bonaly Primary School
Alasdair Seftor, Vice-Chair Parent Council, Bonaly Primary School


Bonaly Sustainability Squad

‘Bonaly Sustainability Squad sign up new members!’

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P7 house and vice captains would like to thank all the pupil who applied to join the Bonaly Sustainability Squad. We organised all application forms into classes and chose our new members.

P1a- Douglas
P1b – Callum
P1c – Luke
P2a – Mia
P2b – Amber
P5b – Thomas
P5a – Charlie
P3a – Freya
P3b – Heidi
P7b – Campbell
P7a – Poppy
P4b – Carl
P4a – Harry
P6a – Sophie
P6b – Nicky

April 2016


Starting School August 2016?

logo-adobe-pdfPrimary 1 2016-17 ~Transition Dates for Information April 2016

Full details about primary school admissions can be found at or call 0131 469 3033


chess2Chess Club

We were very sorry to learn of the sudden death last week of Mr Ken Grant.

Mr Grant has been a stalwart for many years in helping to run our successful Bonaly Chess Club. His calm and courteous manner earned the respect and friendship of all the children.

He took great pleasure from the progress and achievements of our young players, and invariably went along to the Wester Hailes tournaments to support and encourage our Bonaly teams in their matches against other schools.

He will be a great loss to us all.


31fNeI6Vp+L._SY300_2bd742701bf2d59c63d8e8a02d89ecc8Scottish Ballet Auditions for P5 and P6 Pupils


The Associate Programme provides classically based training for boys and girls from P6 to S5.
The aim is to develop confident, dedicated and motivcated dancers by supplementing the traning provided by private dance teachers.
Auditions will be held in May – closing date Monday 25 April 2016.
Children who are currently in P5 or P6 are invited to apply. No previous dance experience necessary. Every child who applies will be offered an audition.
Full details can be found on the website:
Telephone: 0141 331 2931


School Streets Scheme

Dear Parent/Carer

You may recall that we met with Council officials in early December to discuss the School Streets Scheme, following the outcome of the survey which indicated that 69 parents were supportive of the revised scheme and 148 were not. At that meeting we were told that we would need to pull out of phase 2 of the School Streets Scheme because of timescales, but that the Council officials would work with us early in 2016 to produce a revised plan, with a view to consultation and implementation in the near future. We emailed all parents outlining the way forward, and we were told that the Council were giving the same update to objectors of the scheme.

However, a report has now been considered by the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee indicating that we have pulled out of the School Streets pilot, with no plans for a revision, but a vague commitment to discuss road safety with us. We are not happy at all with this outcome as it goes totally against what we agreed at the December meeting.
The current position is that we are waiting to hear from Council Officials as to when they can meet us to agree a way forward. You should be in no doubt that we will be pressing our case very hard.
We will keep you updated.
Best wishes
Chair, Parent Council


PS102_medA total of £88.75 was recently donated to Poppy Scotland following donations received for our Remembrance Service.




Huge Thank You!

Just to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support for Friday’s Macmillan Coffee Morning. The adults had some lovely home baking and the children thoroughly enjoyed their cake decorating experience, which could not have been done without the planning and organisational skills of Judy Bell and such a fantastic team of parent helpers.

Everyone was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything went – the children managed to ice and decorate well over 350 cakes in less than an hour – that’s a lot of icing!

A massive £402.59 was raised, which is a great effort!

Thanks again to everyone.


We are a Cycle Friendly School


Bonaly Primary School has achieved status as a cycle friendly school. This is a result of many years’ work dedicated to making Bonaly pupils confident in using their bikes to travel safely.

Many thanks to Lorna Norman, our Active Schools coordinator, groups of former pupils and the many parent volunteers who give up their time to support the school in delivering Bikeability at Bonaly.

Our new JRSOs accepted the award at assembly.

August 2015



Comic Relief 2015

The final count has been made and we are pleased to announce that the School raised a grand total of £3,505.34 for this year’s chosen charity, Comic Relief.

A huge thanks to all those who raised funds and contributed in any way.



Dear Parent / Carer

The following information has been emailed to schools from the City of Edinburgh Council Principal Officer for Child Care and Protection Training and Development:
OoVoo is a high quality video chat application similar to Facetime or Skype. It allows people to connect with up to 12 friends at one time and video chat or have a voice call. You can download it on an iPad, iTouch, iPhone, Android phone, etc. And you must be 13 years old to set up an account, which doesn’t slow anyone down who can subtract 13 years from 2015.
What are the concerns for your child using ooVoo? As with all social media, the main concern is who can search out your child easily. The easier it is to find the child, the faster a predator will find them, start talking to them and find a way to connect with them without the child realizing what is happening. The second concern is the way in which ooVoo is being used. Young children (pre-teen) find this app through their peers or older siblings. It’s Internet-based and often used at home in the YP or child’s bedroom. It has been the case that whilst talking with friends an adult has entered the group chat.
How do you manage your child’s ooVoo account?
1. Always know your child’s password. This will allow you to ensure that they are using ooVoo safely.
2. Make sure that the privacy settings are properly set up. Without using the privacy settings, your child can be contacted by anyone at anytime and anyone can see the profile of your child. (I have my daughter’s set to ‘Nobody’ so that only people who know her ooVoo ID can contact her).
3. You can review the history of your child’s account. You will be able to see who they are chatting and messaging with. Ensure that you know all of these people and are comfortable with it. Note that your child can erase the history.
4. If your child receives an unwanted friend request, ignore it AND check the box to Also block this person from contacting me again.
5. If your child experiences a more serious encounter with an adult contact CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Command
6. With young children (pre-teen) You can frequently review your child’s friends to ensure that you know them all.
7. Remind your child to always log out when they are finished using ooVoo, especially if another person’s device is being used.
8. Learn how to use the product! If your child knows that you are involved and understand the technology they are using, they will not feel free to do whatever they please because “Mum doesn’t have a clue how this works!”
ooVoo is not necessarily bad. Like most social media apps, there are some great uses for teens. For example, working on a group project would be a great use of ooVoo, given the ability to have multiple users on the same video chat session. However, the dangers come when children and young people use them in unproductive ways and when the privacy settings are not set tightly. This is where our job as parents is so critical. This is where if you drop the ball you could end up dealing with a lot more than an unwanted friend request.
Kind regards
Peter Gorrie

Peter Gorrie | Head Teacher | Bonaly Primary School | 57 Bonaly Road | Edinburgh | EH13 0FJ | Tel 0131 441 7211